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Martin Luther King: A Capricorn Leader

There are different styles of leadership. For the past three years we’ve seen a dramatic demonstration of one style, one that features plenty of bluster and the bold use (some might say abuse) of power. But there are other ways of leading that are quieter and more circumspect.


Martin Luther King was a Capricorn by Sun sign. His birth time has been given as noon. (Click on Martin Luther King to see the chart.) It is unlikely that he was born precisely at 12 PM, but even a time ten minutes off one way or another would place his Sun near the Midheaven of the chart. This is an indicator of leadership. It tells us that this person will be looked at by his peers and his community as a leader, whether he likes it or not.


The problem is that leadership does not come naturally to Capricorns. Capricorns are doers. They are oriented toward results, not glory. Capricorns typically have great organizational skills, but they rarely brag about those skills. They let their accomplishments and successes speak for themselves and quite often they do. When you find a Capricorn person in a leadership position it is typically because he or she knows better than anyone else how to get stuff done.


The Impeachment Ball Bounces into Mitch’s CourtMcConnellImage

Now that it looks like Nancy Pelosi is about to turn over the impeachment process to the Senate, all eyes are on the wily boss of that body, Mitch McConnell. McConnell has already made it clear that a Senate trial would in no way be impartial. He has been openly conferring with the White House on how to handle matter. However, true his Pisces Sun sign, McConnell has been less than precise about what he plans to do.


As we might expect, McConnell’s horoscope (like that of President Trump) is currently being hit by the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto. (Click on Mitch McConnell to see a chart done for noon on McConnell’s date of birth.) The two planets are trine McConnell’s natal Saturn. Previous to this, both planets were trine his natal Mars (using a one degree orb). Pluto has been trine McConnell’s Mars since the impeachment inquiry in the House began in September.


Since we don’t have a time of birth for Mitch McConnell there is much we can’t see in his horoscope, but it is clear that the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in his natal horoscope has been activated by both transiting Saturn and Pluto. That will continue though the month of January. Mars conjunct Saturn is a conservative aspect and it occurs in a conservative sign, Taurus. We can see this as confirming McConnell’s political philosophy, but it also gives us a hint as to his motivations.


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Saturn, Pluto and Us

We all see the tension that the conjunction between Saturn and Pluto is creating on the international and political scene. However, this influence of this conjunction also seeps down into the daily lives of just about everyone. This particularly true for people born with planets in their horoscope at around 22 degrees of Capricorn or any of the Cardinal signs.


For example, Justin Bieber recently announced that he has been infected with Lyme Disease. Bieber has Neptune at 22 degrees of Capricorn conjunct his Uranus at 24 degrees. Both are square his Moon at 24 degrees Libra. He made the announcement to counter rumors that his ill health was caused by lifestyle issues such as drug use.


Another example is Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Her Ascendant is at 24 degrees of Cancer, so Saturn and Pluto are currently two degrees from her Descendant. The planets are also square her natal Pluto which is at 21 degrees of Libra. She and Prince Harry recently shocked the world (and his family) by announcing that they were stepping back from their royal duties and moving to Canada.



Following the Moon Jan. 10, 2020MoonImagePurple

The chart for the New Moon on Dec. 26 was dramatic and I promised you events that would be “big and loud” and capture your attention. (Click here to see that article and the chart.) I was expecting the action to involve the upcoming impeachment hearings in the Senate. Instead, the noise turned out to be a drone strike that killed an Iranian general. Then the Iranians responded with their own loud noise, a missile attack on military bases in Iraq.


I also said that the combination of Jupiter conjunct the Sun and Moon on the I.C. and the trine from Uranus should provide us with good fortune. We can see that good fortune in the fact that no one was killed in the missile attack and President Trump has indicated that there will be no further escalation of the conflict by the U.S. However, tensions remain high.


Much of this trouble has to do with the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto. In my reading of the Dec. 26 New Moon chart I didn’t sufficiently consider the sextile Mars made to that conjunction. The planets involved in this aspect all have a violent potential but the sextile is a peaceful aspect. That seems to explain why, after this interval of violence, we’ve returned to an uneasy standoff.